Monday, February 14, 2011

NEWS LINKS | Feb. 14, 2011

SBCTC NEWS LINKS | Articles about – and of interest to – Washington state community and technical colleges




The mystery of Kitsap's trash

Olympic College professor researches where beach debris comes from and how to prevent it from washing ashore.

Bremerton Patriot, February 11, 2011


WCC Nursing Instructor boot camp

Whatcom Community College is trying to attract more nurses to the teaching field so more students can earn registered nursing degrees.

The college is having a one-day RN Instructor Recruitment Boot Camp on Thursday, Feb. 17.

The Bellingham Herald, February 11, 2011


Community and technical colleges: A win for students, and for the state

Over the last three academic years, a record-breaking number of students have enrolled at local community and technical colleges to take advantage of our high quality programs at less than half the tuition charged by our public four-year universities. The fact is our enrollment levels have shot up at the same time our state funding has been slashed. … We encourage all Washingtonians to call or e-mail their state legislators to let them know how important it is to maintain the community and technical college bridge …

Guest commentary by the following college presidents: Eric Murray, Cascadia Community College; Jean Hernandez, Edmonds Community College; David Beyer, Everett Community College; David Woodall, Lake Washington Technical College; and Lee Lambert, Shoreline Community College.

The Everett Herald, February 12, 2011


It’s about the future of higher education

Current hearings in Olympia on House Bill 1792 and Senate Bill 5636 outline a plan to assign management and leadership of the University Center of North Puget Sound to Washington State University.  Everett Community College has done an outstanding job over the last six years rescuing the struggling North Snohomish, Island, and Skagit Counties’ higher education consortium. They also supported four-year degree offerings from multiple partners in the area.

The Herald, February 13, 2011


Students relying more on loans, jobs to afford education

Gill said she incurred about $2,500 in debt while attending Green River Community College, and an additional $27,000 in federal and private loans during her two years at WSU.

The Spokesman Review, February 14, 2011


Poetry Out Loud cometh

Thanks to the driving force of Columbia Basin College's Gwen James, a poet and assistant professor in the English Department, this year we'll add the Poetry Out Loud recitation competition to the mix.  ... The contest is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, plus arts commissions in all 50 states.

The  Tri City Herald, February 14, 2011




Why You, in Higher Education, Should Blog

The university as a whole is under siege. Public universities are losing state funding. … The change has come, and so many of us are sitting idly by and letting the change happen to us, rather than being the change. Blogging is one way, albeit small, that we can come together, write about our real experiences, and work for change that isn’t dictated to us.

Inside Higher Ed, February 11, 2011


For Disabled Borrowers of Student Loans, Big Barrier Is Education Department

Education Dept.'s red tape keeps disabled borrowers of student loans in debt

The Chronicle of Higher Education,  February 13, 2011


Spending Showdown

House Republicans would slash deeply into programs for colleges and students, while President Obama would cut surgically from higher ed.

Inside Higher Ed, February 14, 2011





Lawmakers eye delayed schools payment to close budget gap

State lawmakers are looking to use a budget gimmick – a one-day delay in payments to public schools to July 1 – to help close part of the short-term budget gap through June.

The Olympian, February 11, 2011


House Republicans' Spending Bill for Remainder of 2011 Would Cut Pell Grant by 15 Percent

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 13, 2011


Lawmakers eye cuts in marketing, communications jobs

Budget: Proposal would reduce number of state workers in PR positions

The Olympian, February 14, 2011




Short on men, retirement home hires dance partners

San Francisco Chronicle (AP), February 14, 2011

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